This project was in response to the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s judgment on the Alarming Population Growth Rate in Pakistan. The Council assisted the Government of Pakistan to implement the recommendations from the Council of Common Interest (CCI), a supra body headed by the Prime Minister with representation from all national federating units and provinces.
The Council assisted the Government of Pakistan through three interlinked activities:
- Reframing the messaging around population issues and developing a new understanding of them, distancing them from the “population control” paradigm to one focused on a voluntary and noncoercive rights perspective.
- Providing the country’s national and provincial task forces with evidence to support their priority actions.
- Advocating for better family planning (FP) data quality and quantity.
Building upon earlier work, the Council is supporting the operationalization of the 2018 decisions of Pakistan’s CCI to advance family planning and reproductive health. The project aims to synergize advocacy efforts to: i) leverage parliamentary champions for implementation of CCI decisions by major political parties; ii) use evidence-based advocacy to increase domestic and international funding; iii) catalyze adoption and upscaling of high-impact practices to achieve universal access to FP services; and iv) bolster accountability on FP policy and implementation of CCI decisions.